Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italy feels fires of hell as weather system lucifer arrives

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(ANSA) - Rome, August 21 - The fires of hell are scorching
saints and sinners alike across much of Italy this week as the
latest overheated weather system - dubbed Lucifer - sends
temperatures sky high.
Code red heat warnings, indicating the highest level of
health risk, were issued Tuesday morning by the country's
Ministry of Health for eight Italian cities.
Those range from Bolzano and Genoa in the north, to Bologna
and Florence - which could hit 40 degrees C - in central Italy,
all the way down to Viterbo and Rome, as hot air masses over the
Mediterranean region.
Wednesday, the red warning extends to 11 cities including
more northern centres such as Milan and Turin, and 12 cities are
expected to be under the extreme alert on Thursday.
The Lucifer weather system is the seventh and strongest
such force this long, hot summer, says Antonio Sano', director
of the Internet site 'ilmeteo.it' throughout the Mediterranean.
True to form, Lucifer is damaging crops across Europe to
the extent that ministers from the G-20 nations are holding an
emergency conference call next week to discuss the problem, says
farm organization Coldiretti.
Corn crops, needed to feed cattle which produce milk and
cheese, have fallen by at least 13% - an estimated 58 million
tonnes in Italy, Hungary and Romania, says the organization.
That reduction, added to drought losses in parts of the
United States, the Balkans, and the Black Sea could drive up
food prices and worsen Italy's economic crisis.
Besides threatening crops and farmers' livelihoods, the
high temperatures have also created increased levels of ozone
in the northern Alto Adige region.
Authorities say ozone levels have exceeded the warning
threshold in two locations.
Experts warn heightened ozone levels are a threat to anyone
with respiratory problems.
But by Sunday, the Beatrice system is expected to push out
Lucifer in the age-old battle of good versus evil, and moderate
temperatures.

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